OKLAHOMA CITY -- At 5 feet tall and a slender 100-or-so pounds, Jackie Vasquez wasn't known for hitting home runs. Until she put Arizona State in the Women's College World Series finals with one swing.
Vasquez hit a three-run home run after slugger Kaitlin Cochran was hit with a pitch, leading the Sun Devils to a 3-1 win Sunday against Alabama and its first chance to play for the national championship.
The Sun Devils will face fifth-seeded Texas A&M (56-8) in the best-of-three championship beginning Monday. The Aggies beat top-seeded Florida 1-0 on Kelsey Spittler's RBI triple down the right field line in the ninth inning.
The Gators (70-5) had won three straight elimination games, including a 6-1 victory against Texas A&M earlier Sunday to force a rematch.
Vasquez's blast sailed over the right-field wall, giving the sixth-seeded Sun Devils (64-5) their first hit of the game off Kelsi Dunne.
Dunne (26-6) had hit Kristen Miller to start the third inning and then drilled Cochran in the leg on a 1-1 pitch with two outs to give Arizona State its first two baserunners. She allowed only two other runners -- on a walk and an infield single with two outs in the sixth.
Katie Burkhart (39-5) limited the nation's highest-scoring offense to only two hits, including Jordan Praytor's RBI single in the top of the third, to end the Crimson Tide's best run in five trips to the World Series.
• WNBA -- In Chicago, Tamika Whitmore and Lindsay Whalen scored 19 points apiece to help the Connecticut Sun edge the Chicago Sky 75-73.
Jia Perkins scored a game-high 21 points but missed a 12-foot baseline jumper over Connecticut's Jones at the buzzer as the Sun (5-1) improved to 7-1 against the third-year Sky, including 5-0 at Chicago.
Whitmore tied a season high for scoring with 7-for-15 shooting from the field, including 3-for-7 on 3-pointers. Barbara Turner scored 11 of her 13 in the third quarter and rookie Amber Holt added 11 points for Connecticut.
• AUTO RACING -- Ryan Briscoe held off Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon and barely slipped through a late-race crash to win Sunday's IndyCar Series race at the Milwaukee Mile.
A week after an embarrassing pit lane accident that took out fan favorite Danica Patrick at Indy, Briscoe redeemed himself with his first victory for Team Penske.
It appeared for most of the 225-lap race that Dixon would run away to another victory, but Briscoe caught the leader and passed him on lap 177. All the drivers up front made green-flag stops before the finish, but Briscoe came out of the fuel stops back out front on lap 207 and stayed there despite heavy pressure from Dixon in the closing laps.